Some project him as a linebacker, while others see him as an undersized rush defensive end coming off the edge. But bottom line, Converse Judson defender Chris McAllister has the speed and quickness to be a playmaker at the collegiate level and several schools are taking a very close look. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect certainly made a statement with his performance a couple of weeks ago at the Under Armour/Scout.com Combine in Dallas.
"I had a very good performance at the combine," McAllister said. "I felt I really excelled at the one-on-one drills and I tested well. I worked out with the linebackers and I was told I was one of the top performers there."
McAllister's biggest attribute is his speed and quickness off the edge, and he has the numbers to prove that from the combine where his was clocked as the fastest linebacker in attendance.
"I ran a 4.68 forty at the combine which was the best time for the linebackers," McAllister said. "I also posted a 33.5" vertical jump and a 10'7" broad jump."
Prior to the combine, many schools have shown serious interest in recruiting the San Antonio area athlete, but many have taken a wait-and-see attitude because of the questions about his natural position at the next level. In high school, McAllister has moved around to different positions. Some observers wonder if he's big enough to play defensive end or fast enough to play linebacker at the next level. He certainly answered the speed question at the combine.
"I've got a lot of schools contacting me saying they are very interested, but want to evaluate my spring," McAllister said. "I have offers from Army, UH, and Tulsa, but I've been hearing a lot from Minnesota, TCU, Ole' Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Texas."
McAllister attended Texas A&M's junior day earlier this spring, and the Aggie coaching staff likes what they see and plan to attend some practices at Converse Judson to further evaluate the outside rushing specialist.
"I've been talking to the A&M staff and they say I fit the mold of that outside rush guy they want to bring in," McAllister said. "Coach Kines told me that I'm his kind of guy and wants to personally come down and watch my practices. If everything checks out, they will probably offer."
The Converse Judson product is in a similar situation with Texas, who are showing great interest in the defensive prospect, but need some additional evaluation time to determine if an offer will be extended this spring. McAllister, a native of Mississippi and a relative of Ole' Miss graduate and NFL running back Duece McAllister, says that an offer from the Aggies, Longhorns, or Rebels would be very exciting.
"I'm open to all of the schools recruiting me right now," McAllister said. "But an offer from Texas A&M, Texas, or Ole' Miss would definitely move those schools up my list."
McAllister plans to visit Ole' Miss and Mississippi State in the near future when he travels back to Mississippi to visit friends and relatives. He doesn't have a timetable for a decision at the moment, and hopes to schedule some summer camps in the upcoming weeks.
McAllister shines at combine
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